- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday47 mins ago
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is still at the top of the Heisman odds, but there are a couple of new faces right behind him.
According to the Bovada sportsbook, Mariota remains the Heisman favorite at odds of 11/2 through the first three weeks of the season. Georgia RB Todd Gurley is second at 7/1 while Texas A&M QB Kenny Hill is third at 15/2.
Florida State QB Jameis Winston is still fourth, but he's now tied with another QB. Notre Dame's Everett Golson has moved from 16/1 to tie Winston at 10/1. (Winston was previously 8/1.) Through the first three games of the year, Golson is 62-96 passing for 780 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions.He also has four rushing touchdowns.
BYU's dual-threat QB Taysom Hill started the season off the board and he's now tied for the ninth-highest favorite at 20/1. He's tied with Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah, the RB who had the miraculous run-after-catch for Nebraska to beat McNeese State.
Here's how the entire top 10 looks.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Red Wolves players had a cross decal on the back of their helmets for the first two games of the season. The cross had the initials of DT Markel Owens and manager Barry Weyer on each side after Owens was shot and killed in an attempted robbery in January and Weyer died in a car crash in June.
However, the school removed the crosses after a complaint following the team's game against Tennessee on September 6. Now, a firm which says it represents an unidentified player who fears punishment, is wanting the crosses back on the helmets.
The Liberty Institute wants the crosses back on the helmets by Wednesday.
“ASU’s actions in defacing the students’ memorial stickers to remove their religious viewpoint is illegal viewpoint discrimination against the students’ free speech,” Hiram Sasser, director of litigation for Liberty Institute told Fox News.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
West Virginia sophomore CB Daryl Worley has been suspended indefinitely.
The school announced his suspension Monday evening. Worley has been an important player for the West Virginia defense through the first three games of the season. He has 17 tackles, third-best on the team, and has two interceptions. One was Saturday against Maryland and the other came in the first game of the season against Alabama.
His suspension comes at an inopportune time for the Mountaineers as well. They host Oklahoma and QB Trevor Knight on Saturday. According to WVSports.com, Ishmael Banks could start in Worley's place. Banks was suspended for the first three games of the season. In August, coach Dana Holgorsen said Banks had an academic issue but that the suspension was team imposed.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Our guess is that this fake punt play is a one-and-done for Arkansas State.
In the second quarter of the Red Wolves' loss to Miami on Saturday, Arkansas State went for a fake punt. Not only did the play not get the desired result, but Arkansas State's Booker Mays pretended to die in an attempt to fake out the defender in front of him.
It did not work. However, we're not sure what "works" would mean in this context. Make the defender yell to his teammates for help? Hope all 11 Miami players saw it and stopped playing? Make us all laugh uproariously after the play happens? (If it's the final option, yes, it did work.)
It was a takeoff from Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson's time at North Carolina.
The possibility of Marcos Ambrose joining forces with Roger Penske in the Australian V8 Supercar series is official.
Team Penske announced Sunday night it had partnered with Dick Johnson Racing for the 2015 season and that Ambrose would drive the No. 17 entry.
“Team Penske is excited to partner with Dick Johnson Racing to compete in the V8 Supercars Championship starting next season,” Roger Penske said in a statement. “We believe in building our businesses through racing and our success on the track. With our new business ventures in Australia, it makes sense to showcase our brands through the V8 Supercars Championship and the opportunity to work with DJR and Marcos Ambrose convinced us to go forward.”
Ambrose's current NASCAR team, Richard Petty Motorsports, announced Saturday that Ambrose wouldn't be returning to the team in 2015. Shortly after the announcement, Penske said it had an announcement scheduled for early in the week involving the Supercars series.
Ambrose, a native Australian, was successful in V8 Supercars before he moved to NASCAR. He won the series championship in 2003 and 2004.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Arizona State's Taylor Kelly hurt his right foot against Colorado Saturday night, and there's no indication on if he'll be ready to play against UCLA.
According to AZCentral.com, a spokesperson for No. 16 ASU said coach Todd Graham would not be discussing Kelly's injury before Arizona State plays the Bruins on Thursday, Sep. 25. After the game, Graham said he was "very concerned"about Kelly's injury per the AP, though he later changed his tone in his radio interview and said Kelly would be fine.
Three top 10s in the first three races would have virtually guaranteed Aric Almirola's progression into the next three races of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
He was working incredibly well on getting 1/3 of the way there Sunday at Chicago. Unfortunately, his engine didn't want to make it the entire way.
Almirola had moved himself into the top 10 among drivers like Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. when his car started spewing smoke on the backstretch on lap 231. His day was over.
After climbing from his car, he was greeted by team owner Richard Petty. Almirola said that it was the first engine failure he had in his three-year tenure at Richard Petty Motorports and per Racing Reference, he's correct. He'd never retired from a race because of an engine until Sunday.
So proud of my team! We rose to the occasion today and proved we can compete in the chase. Heartbroken for sure but they knew we were there
Brad Keselowski saw Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson battling for the lead ahead of him and as Larson went high and Harvick went low heading into turn one, Keselowski took the middle.
It was the right option.
Keselowski stormed past both drivers and held on for the lead through a last restart to win the first race of the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup on Sunday at Chicago.
Larson and Harvick were having a fantastic battle off a restart with 18 laps to go. Larson had the lead and Harvick, who restarted second, was able to hang with him. The two ran side by side for virtually the entirety of two laps, but the great racing came at a price.
Keselowski was hanging around in third and got an incredible draft of the huge hole in the air the two were creating with 16 laps to go. As Harvick headed to the white line and Larson went towards the wall, Keselowski cut the middle and was clear by the time he was on the backstretch.
"I'm not really sure," Keselowski responded when asked how he made the pass in victory lane. "I'll have to watch the ESPN replay to figure it out. But we obviously had a great car ... these Fords have really come together for a strong Chase run."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
After Week 2 provided us a disastrously bad sample for the Big Ten, Week 3 was a good opportunity to gauge the Big 12 as seven of the league's 10 teams played opponents from other Power Five conferences. What did we glean? It was a good week for the Big 12, even if the league won't challenge the SEC or Pac-12 for the title of the best conference, and it's better than the Big Ten and likely the ACC. In the words of Dennis Green, they are who we thought they were.
Let's start with the good.
Oklahoma did what it was supposed to against Tennessee at home, jumping out to a big lead and controlling the game. Oklahoma State, led by backup QB Daxx Garman, beat a UTSA team that gave Arizona a close game and beat Houston.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
There isn't a QB controversy brewing in Westwood, Calif., but if UCLA's Brett Hundley is out for an extended period of time, UCLA now knows it can win a big game with Jerry Neuheisel at QB.
Hundley injured his left elbow early in the first quarter of Saturday's game against Texas and was replaced by Neuheisel, the son of former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel. And in three minutes left in the fourth quarter, Neuheisel tossed a 33-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Payton to give the No. 12 Bruins a 20-17 win over Texas.
Hundley's elbow was hurt on a QB run. As he fell to the ground on top of a Texas defender, his left elbow took the brunt of the impact as he braced himself with his left hand. He immediately jogged to the sidelines and was pushed down by coach Jim Mora for an injury timeout.
At halftime, Hundley was ruled doubtful for the game and spent the second half with a bag of ice on his elbow.
For most of his time replacing Hundley, Neuheisel leaned on a running game that racked up 217 yards. Though Texas quickly realized the lack of downfield passing and keyed on the run game.